All children love to play with ball toys, little bean bag balls can be expensive or you may need to replace some that have been lost. These balloon bean bag balls are easy to hold, lightweight and fun to squish. This craft is super easy and your children will love to make them, and they will be able to play with them in no time. The materials you need to make them you probably have in your home already. I suggest making up quite a few of these my girls love them, they are great for bean bag toss, playing catch, and trying to learn to juggle.
Bag of 11-inch balloons in colors of your choice (You will need three balloons per each ball you want to make)
Bag of Dried Lentils ( You will use ¾ a cup for each bean bag ball you make)
Funnel with Small Tip
1) The first step to getting your balloons prepared for you bean bag ball craft is to stretch them some. This makes them easier to put the lentils in and have a good shape. Blow up each balloon about half way full and leave the air in for a minute then just let it out. We also stretched the neck of the balloons some just by tugging on them. You will need two balloons per ball, as you can see in our photos we choose two different colors, my girls thought that looked cooler.
2) You will need ¾ cup of your dried lentils ready to go. Place your funnel into one balloon and slowly add you ¾ cup of lentils. When the balloon starts to fill up you will need to use your finger to push all the lentils down into the balloon. This will ensure you do not have any stuck in the neck of the balloon and help to make the ball shape more round. When you get it filled the ball should be firm but still squeezable, ours reminded me of those stress relief balls you squish when you need to relax.
3) Once you have the filled the balloon use your scissors and cut off the end of the balloon, just be sure not to cut it so close where your lentils fall out while you are trying to cover it with the second balloon. Now you cut the neck off the second balloon and gently stretch the opening to make covering the ball easier. Ease the second balloon of your first one that is full of lentils, tuck in the balloons neck as you go.
4) The last step in you bean bag ball craft is to also cut the neck off the third balloon, stretch the opening, and then you ease it over the ball with the two balloons already on it. This will help the ball to be extra durable when your children are playing with it. You surely do not want dried lentils all over you house. Now your ball is complete, such a simple craft for children, now just repeat these steps to make as many as you like. My daughters and I had a great time making them and they have been playing with them ever since.